Ethno-digital folk music is a good description of
B.A.R.K.s music; a shortcut between the old and the new. Scandinavian folk music
instruments like the mandola, Hardanger fiddle and jews harp share the sound waves
with analogue drum machines and samplers, and out comes Scandinavian folk music in its
digitised form; samples of the old Lapp womans voice echoes through the processor,
and old songs from medieval times are brought back to life. See it as a form of recycled,
contemporary folk music.
In August 1993, the band was founded by Anders Clarhäll,
Fredrik Jacobsson and Henrik Norbeck. All three of us had been playing with a band called
O'Ryan's Belt, which had just split up.
B Nice Boys
This 5-man band (based in Stockholm, Sweden) has been playing
together for some seven years. During this time they have deve-loped a timing and drive in
their singing and instrumental work that has made them recognized, by many, as the best
Bluegrass act playing in Sweden today.
The Caledonian pipe Band
CALEDONIAN PIPE BAND (The Sweden's youngest pipe band)
was formed in 1985. But it really started on October 11, 1976 when the Scotsman Alan Logan founded the
Stockholm Piping Society.
Here you can see what the oldest and most renowned Scottish
and Irish folkgroup in Sweden has to offer. Among other things you can read about our
booked gigs, see who we are and know what records we have released. You can also see some
programs that we offer.
Swedish folk music like you have never heard it before:
heavy, raw and warmly disrespectful! Winner at the Swedish Grammy Awards for Best Folk
Music Album of 1993.
ENVISA is a Swedish vocal trio which sings a variety
traditional Nordic folk music, such as mediaval ballads, lullabies, chorals, folktunes and
even herding calls. The music is vocally based, which gives the traditional tunes a whole
Ferneborg, Bertil Och
Traditional Swedish folk music, played on two fiddles.
Polskas, gånglåts, walzes, bridal marches, schottisches etc. Repertoary mostly from
Western Dalarna. A more varied Swedish folk music program with fiddle, guitar and button
accordeon as well as vocals.
It all began in 1990 when three youngsters from Sundsvall,
Sweden - Gotte Ringqvist, Stefan Brisland-Ferner and Rickard Westman - went to see a
performance of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Struck by the music (performed by a.o. Olov
Johansson, nowadays in Väsen) as much as the play, the three decided to start a band the
very next day.
This is where you can find all about Sweden's top Folk Music
band. Follow the links below to meet the musicians, look at the records, listen to the
music, and check out the Tour Plan!
Gunnf Jauns Kapell
Gunnfjauns kapell has made three LP albums, one cassette and
two CD:s. The latest - Naudljaus - was released in July 1995 at the legendary folk music
festival in Bingsjö, Dalecarlia, Sweden. The albums have recieved great appreciation in
Harpolirarna is a group of about 10 people, who play folk
music on 'nyckelharpa' (key-fiddle). We also have other instruments as violin, flute,
guitar and bass. The group comes from the little town Eslöv in southern Sweden. Every
week we play dance music for our folk dance team Ringsjögillet. Once a year we have
'Spelmansstämma' (music festival) in Billinge with a lot of key-fiddles.
The release of "Karelia - Visa" followed by
concerts in Scandinavia and a 3 weeks tour in USA. Hedningarna are playing live to a dance
performance based on their music, made and performed by Flying Foot Forum in Mineapolis.
High On Grass
A Swedish bluegrass band. Take a look at our PHOTOS, listen
to the SOUND-samples, take a look at our SCHEDULE and write or call us for more
information about the band.
Hoven Droven is a provincial slang phrase which means
"hullabaloo" or "whatever". Nevertheless, in the way Hoven Droven goes
about it, it could just as well mean "that things will fall into place or take care
of them- selves"; such is the case for this folk music band who performs with the
attitude of a metal group.
The group Hulling is formed by five musicians, Ola Hertzberg
key-harp (nyckelharpa), Dan Sjöberg fiddle and hardinger fiddle,Jens
Engelbrecht guitar and
mandola, Patrik Lindberg percussion and jews-harp and
Johanna Bölja on Vocals.
A Gateway to Irish Music...
Early on, JP`s music was based on traditional northern
Swedish pieces collected and noted down by members of the group, but later a broader range
of folk music and compositions by the musicians themselves were included. A characteristic
feature of folk musik from Norrbotten is its choice of instrument accompaniment, most
typically with the harmonium.
Laplandian Highlanders plays folkmusic from Ireland and
Scotland. The group was assembled in the early 1995 by Jörgen Larsson from Malmberget,
who switched his Rock bass to a fiddle.
Mynta is a Swedish-Indian constellation who invites an
exciting musical amalgamation between European and Indian culture with additional
influences from African music and jazz; all of which pulsates through the Nordic vein.
Anyone the least interested in contemporary Swedish folk
musik should know about the group NORRLÅTAR. Since their foundation in 1974 they have
been one of the leading groups in finding new means of expression and sounds within the
field of traditional music. Their main source of inspiration is the old traditional music
from the very north of Sweden, but their music is a spicy mixture of influences. You sense
a breeze of eastern scents and memories from ancient times.
Oak Apple Band
Oak Apple Band was formed 1987 by some dancers in a morris
dance group in Stockholm (Eken Morris Dancers). The band plays and teaches English
country-dancing. We can also do concert programs without dancing, or combine
Founded 1975, has performed professionally since 1982. Tours
all over Sweden and to Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Yugoslavia,
.Many thousand concerts, lots of radio and TV programs, five records, two
casettes, courses, lectures, books
Plumber Boys is an Irish music band located in Linköping,
Sweden. The repertoire is a variety of Irish folkmusic to rockmusic. Songs are mostly
written by the band but a few covers are performed as well. The arrangement is Guitar,
Mandolin, Fiddle, Bass, Drums and Flute.
Sälta was born in 1992. More information in English will be
The group takes it name from the roadcrossing, Skettiljunga.
The crossing is used as a metaphor for the group members who originally hail from other
musical traditions such as jazz and classic music. In Skettiljunga Vägskäl they use
their instrumental knowledge to enhance, continue, and contribute to the tradition of Scanian folk music.The
music is soft and smooth with a great flair that helpes you to visualize Scania , its
beautiful fields, the rocky-strewn coast in the north, and the dark forests. Although
there are influences in the music from the surroundings, Skettiljunga Vägskäl plays the
music in the pure Scanian way.
Sodra Bergens Balalajkor
SBB (The Southern Hills Balalaikas) is an orchestra and choir
from Stockholm, Sweden. The group, which was started in 1969, now has over 30 members.
SBB's repertoire consists mainly of Russian folk music, both traditional music and newer
pieces. We also perform Georgian and Ukrainian music and the works of composers.
Urban Turban is not an Indian restaurant. Urban Turban is a
Swedish bagpipe player and an old American blues man driving in a classic American car
through the Arabian desert with Captain Beefheart in the backseat. Think of a group of
cowboys who listened to teenbeat all their lives and now sit around a fire and play Jimi
Hendrix's "Voodoo Child"; or think of a Arabic big band who listened to rai
music and played "That's all right mama"...
Valramn plays new and traditional folkmusic. A blend of
Swedish traditional and contemporary folk music for both listening and dance.
In 1994 a band called Nordman released their first CD, which
featured Väsen along with the other more traditional Rock and Roll instruments. It was a
huge success in Sweden, and Väsen toured with them twice, playing before audiences as
large as 25,000 people.
VASEN Make a Big Noise...
This special Dirty Linen/RootsWorld page includes the full
text from D.L. plus sound clips in .AU format (8 bit, 11KhZ) from the interview and
concert available only on our WWW pages.
Vurma - A klezmer orchestra Klezmer World Jewishmusic Dance
Página em Sueco, mas com imagens interessantes da Sanfona de
Arco, tradicional naquela região.
The Swedish Music Information Center, the Swedish Performing
Rights Society's (STIM) information and documentation center for 20th century Swedish
music. Here you can find information about composers and their music and buy copies of
Swedish works in manuscript, as well as copies of older Swedish popular music which
publishers can no longer supply. You can also hire orchestral material. Our aim is to
promote the performance of copyright-protected Swedish music. We try to fulfil this aim by
making the music more easily available, primarily as sheet music but also through various
forms of information and promotion.
Falun Folkmusic Festival presents a number of concerts and
Though this is perhaps not common knowledge, even among
Swedes, bagpiping has a long history in Sweden. There are several images of bagpipes and
bagpipers in Swedish churches from the 14th century and onwards. So, at least the
instrument has been known for a long time.